The classroom practices are as follows:
- The teacher models desired behaviors and attitudes such as those set forth in the Life Principles and the Eight Expectations for Living.
- Students and teachers speak in complete sentences and address one another by name, demonstrating mutual respect and common courtesy.
- Students are taught as a whole group, thoroughly and to mastery, with intensive and specific modifications insuring success for all.
- Lessons are integrated, related to the real world, reviewed consistently, and connected to subsequent curricula.
- Critical thinking skills are taught.
- A non-threatening environment, conducive to risk-taking, is evident. Mistakes are okay. Students are taught to learn from their mistakes and to correct them.
- Memory work, recitations, and/or writing occur daily. These enhance character development and effective communication skills while extending curricula. Recitations are exuberant and full of expression.
- Enriched vocabulary is evident and is drawn directly from challenging writings and/or wisdom literature. Sources should include classic literature, myths, fables, poetry, proverbs, quotes, and other genres.
- The Magic Triad, a positive and caring environment, and discipline with dignity and logic are evident.
- Every student's work is displayed in some form. Teachers provide positive commentary through oral and/or written feedback.
- Word identification skills are used as a foundation for expanding the use of the English language.
- Students assume responsibility for their own behavior. Their choices determine consequences.
- A school, class, or personal creed is recited or reflected upon daily to reaffirm commitment to excellence.
- All students experience success. The teacher guarantees it by comparing
students to their own past performance, not the performance of others. Students are showcased, and past failures are disregarded.
- The teacher teaches on his/her feet, engages students personally, holds high expectations of students, and does not limit them to grade level or perceived ability.
- Each classroom has a student who greets visitors and makes them feel welcome and comfortable.
- Teachers and students celebrate the successes of others.